Andy Stanley – When Work and Family Collide

Previously released in 2002 as Choosing to Cheat, Andy Stanley re-released his message to (potential) workaholics and parents-in-name-only as When Work and Family Collide in 2011. Is Your Occupation Also Your Preoccupation? There are only 24 hours in each single day. All the demands of the workplace, family, hobbies, sports, and church can’t be matched fully. Let’s face it. Work and family collide, choices are necessary. Of all stakeholders, work and family are the most important. When troubles arise at home, even the most devoted workers put aside their business obligations and pay all attention to their loved ones. Why wait for problems like sickness, divorce, living apart together? And no, Stanley doesn’t ask to cheat at work.

Andy Stanley, pastor at Northpoint Community Church, speaker and author of books like The Principle of the Path, Enemies of the Heart (2011), The Next Generation Leader (2006) How Good is Good Enough? (2009), helps you to establish priorities and boundaries to protect what you value most,  learn the difference between saying your family is your priority and actually making them your priority and discover tested strategies for easing tensions at home and at work. It’s not your calling to be at work, church, or sports club, while neglecting your most beloved ones. Stanley uses the concept of cheating to make his point. Regardless the circumstances, not answering expectations set upfront, means cheating. Stanley shares how re-prioritize your time in 3 steps: make up your mind, make a plan, and set up a test. The 2011 version of this accessible book now includes a four-week discussion guide.